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Congratulations to Regent Law February Bar Takers

Pass rates for all Virginia Bar Exam applicants and for law schools in Virginia:
First-time Takers Percentage Overall Percentage All Virginia Bar Exam Applicants65.71% 57.45% Virginia Law Schools: Appalachian School of Law25.00% 42.86% College of William and Mary50.00% 61.11% George Mason University90.00% 75.00% Liberty University100.00% 64.29% Regent University66.67% 77.27% University of Richmond45.45% 50.00% University of Virginia100.00% 90.48% Washington and Lee University57.14% 40.00%

Career & Alumni Services Director Recognized for Community Service

Regent University's Law Career & Alumni Services director, Darius Davenport, recently received the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association's (NPBA) Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award for his leadership encouraging the legal community's positive impact on Hampton Roads. NPBA president Gary Bryant, the head of the litigation practice at Wilcox & Savage in Norfolk, Va., presented the award to Davenport.

"We are incredibly proud of Darius and the work he has done benefiting the local community," said Jeffrey Brauch, dean of Regent Law. "Regent Law's Community Service Day has been a tremendous success. Non-profit organizations across Hampton Roads have benefited from these volunteer services, and, as a group, volunteers have performed close to 2,000 hours of community service since the beginning of the program."

The Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award recognizes outstanding hands-on service to the community by a member of the Bar Associ…

Student Wins Case for Civil Litigation Clinic Client

Wading through the complexities of employment law can be a challenging process even for seasoned attorneys.

Through Regent Law’s Civil Litigation Clinic, current students have the opportunity to gain experience in some of the most challenging practice settings while helping clients in need in the process.

As part of her work with the Clinic, current student Emily Dunn ('13) recently helped a client win back the unemployment benefits which were unfairly denied her by her employer.

Dunn met with her client under the guidance of Professor Kathleen McKee, Director of the Civil Litigation Clinic. Dunn simplified the statutes and information involved in the case, developed a defense for her client based upon the corresponding case law, and won the case in court.

The clinical experience gives students confidence and a sense of accomplishment, eliminating the gap between the classroom and the courtroom.

"Our classes and professors instill in us the confidence we need to successful…

This Week in the News - 4.15.13

The Regent Law Chapter of the International Justice Mission (IJM) hosted a full calendar of events for “Justice Week” to raise awareness of human trafficking issues. Donations received this week will be contributed to the nonprofit organization, International Justice Mission, whose main purpose is to fight human trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and rehabilitate victims.
On Monday, April 8, IJM hosted a Pancake Breakfast.  Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9-10, various pieces of student art were on display and up for auction at the Art Exhibit & Auction hosted by IJM.  Then, on Wednesday evening, April 10, IJM hosted the Film Screening of “Journey To Freedom.” Students and IJM members gathered again on Thursday, April 11, for a Prayer Walk. The week’s finale was held on Friday, April 12, with the final IJM event Push 20,000. At this event athletes from Regent University and the surrounding community attempted to perform a total of 20,000 burpees. The number 20,000 signified the est…

Law Team Wins Second Place in International Moot Court Competition

On Friday, April 12, Regent University School of Law's moot court competition team finished in second place in the University of Oxford's Price Media Law Moot Court Programme. This was Regent Law's first time to participate in an international competition.

Third-year law students Monica Bailey, Alexis Fenell, Kevin Hoffman and Caleb Wan, coached by Professor Michael Hernandez, traveled to Oxford, England, to argue cases regarding the rule of law and international norms for freedom of expression. Regent's moot court team was one of 38 to present arguments in the final international round, competing against globally-recognized law schools such as the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

"In recent years, our Regent Law students have earned much success at the regional and national levels, but it's especially gratifying and exciting to see them place so highly in our first international competition," said Regent Law dean Jeffrey Brauch. &q…

Career & Alumni Services Director Recognized for Community Service

Darius Davenport, Director of Regent Law Career & Alumni Services (pictured R), was recently awarded the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association’s (NPBA) Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award for his leadership in encouraging the legal community’s positive impact on Hampton Roads.

Davenport was presented the award by NPBA president Gary Bryant (pictured L) at a special ceremony held on the campus of Regent University. Bryant is the head of the litigation practice at Wilcox & Savage, Norfolk, Va.

In 2009, Davenport launched Regent Law’s annual Community Service Day, a joint volunteer effort of Regent Law students, faculty, staff, and members of the local bar association providing non-legal services to non-profit organizations across Hampton Roads. The annual event coincides with incoming Regent Law students’ orientation activities.

Last August, 154 volunteers completed more than 600 hours of community service in one day at locations including Union Mission, Virginia Beach Habi…

Recently on Campus - 4.8.13

Regent University School of Law is featured in the Spring 2013 issue of preLaw magazine for its Bar pass success. View the article on page 12 here. You will be prompted to submit an email address before being able to view content.

The Virginia Bar Association Student Council (VBA) kicked off the Legal Food Frenzy (Food Drive) on Monday, April 1. The canned food and nonperishable items collection will continue through April 12. Donation boxes are located in the lobby of Robertson Hall, the Library, and the Student Services building. Please see here for more information. To donate online, click here. Please be sure to name Regent Law as the organization.

“Rules of Engagement for Summer Interns” was hosted by Career Services on Tuesday, April 2. The event featured local attorneys in a panel discussion on legal etiquette and research and writing tips.

Three hundred new chairs were delivered to the Law Library on Tuesday, April 2 as a part of the Foundation for Justice campaign.

The Fede…

Regent Law Hosts U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Regent University School of Law students had an exceptional opportunity to witness appeals-in-action as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held case hearings at the law school on Thursday, March 28. Three Court of Appeals judges, hosted by Regent's Moot Court Board, heard oral arguments on three cases.

"Regent was honored to host the Fourth Circuit for the first time in the history of our law school," said Law dean Jeffrey Brauch. "This was an outstanding opportunity for our students and our faculty to see the work of the court in person and also interact with the visiting judges."

During its 2012-13 term, the Court, which is based in Richmond, Va., visited several law schools in Virginia and West Virginia to hear arguments. More than 300 Regent Law students, faculty and other guests filled the university's Moot Courtroom to observe the proceedings.

"This is one of the highest court systems in our country," said third-year…